Part of France still on pollution alert because of Sahara sand


In the Alpes-Maritimes, as here in Nice, an orange cloud due to the presence of Sahara sand suspended in the air, could be observed in recent days.

POLLUTION – Many departments are still on pollution alert this Friday February 26 even if the north wind begins to sweep the particles of this episode due to dust from the Sahara which began on Wednesday.

So in the North, Aisne or Oise, the pollution episode ended on Friday. And a “sensitive” north wind is gradually expected on Saturday throughout the territory, according to Meteo France, which should aid in the dispersion of the particles.

By then, from Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the Grand-Est, via Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and up to Corsica, many departments were still on alert this Friday.

Particles combined with pollution

In Strasbourg, access to the tram and bus network continues to be free to fight against this pollution.

“Desert particles from the Sahara are still present in large quantities in the region. They are added to those emitted locally by various activities: industry, road traffic, heating ”, indicate for example the authorities in the Paca region.

On Saturday, the weather conditions should help the dispersion of the particles except in the east of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the Alpes-Maritimes, the Var, but also Corsica and Vienne and Haute-Vienne which should remain in alert, according to the various regional offices of Atmo, in charge of air quality monitoring.

And everywhere, roughly the same measures and recommendations: for vulnerable and sensitive people, it is better to favor short outings, moderate activities and avoid areas with heavy road traffic during peak periods.

For the agricultural and industrial sectors, the authorities recommend postponing clearing and burning, postponing or reducing activities or sites emitting particles. The maximum authorized speeds have also been lowered by 20 km / h.

See also on the HuffPost: Sahara sand gives the sky an astonishing color in France

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